Labour has a proud record of championing equality and social justice and fighting discrimination and poverty in all its forms. We believe in equality for all and a social security system that is supportive, enabling and that, for people of working-age, makes work pay. As a society, we believe that we achieve more when poverty and inequality are reduced across all people and regions of the UK.
However, under this Government, many families are struggling to make ends meet. In-work poverty is at record high levels, real wages are lower today than they were ten years ago, pay gaps and discrimination against women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, disabled and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people persist. At the same time, people of working-age have seen substantial cuts in support from the social security system. The combined result has been almost eight years of rising poverty, increasing insecurity and a less equal society.
Labour's challenge is to develop and implement policies that will reverse this and prioritise' action to tackle in-work poverty and working-age inequalities, so we can build a country for the many, not the few. The consultation is an opportunity for members, experts and interested groups to help build on policies set out in Labour’s General Election manifesto so that we can best address the growing crisis of in-work poverty and tackle working-age inequalities.